World Sports News In Brief

Manchester United back in Champions League with 4-1 rout of Chelsea

Manchester United will be back in action in next season's Champions League after they hammered Chelsea 4-1 on Thursday (May 25) to secure a top-four finish in the Premier League.
Soccer Football - Premier League - Manchester United v Chelsea - Old Trafford, Manchester, Britain - May 25, 2023 Manchester United's Casemiro celebrates scoring their first goal with teammates REUTERS/Molly Darlington.
Soccer Football - Premier League - Manchester United v Chelsea - Old Trafford, Manchester, Britain - May 25, 2023 Manchester United's Casemiro celebrates scoring their first goal with teammates REUTERS/Molly Darlington.

Casemiro, Anthony Martial, Bruno Fernandes (penalty) and Marcus Rashford scored for United, who needed a point from their final two league games to officially end Liverpool's fading hopes of securing a spot in Europe's premier club competition.

* French Olympic Committee (CNOSF) president Brigitte Henriques has resigned a little over a year before the Paris 2024 Summer Games, the CNOSF said on Thursday. The Paris 2024 Olympics will be held from July 26-Aug 11.

* France's Delphine Cascarino will miss the World Cup after her club Olympique Lyonnais said on Thursday that she would be sidelined for "several months" after rupturing an anterior cruciate ligament. Cascarino, who has made 56 appearances for France, ruptured her right ACL in a league win over Paris St Germain on Sunday.

* Former Celtic manager Ronny Deila will take over at Belgian side Club Brugge from next season, the Jupiler Pro League club said on Thursday. The Norwegian 47-year-old joins Brugge from Standard Liege and will take over from interim coach Rik De Mil, who has led the team following the sacking of Scott Parker in March.

* Lewis Hamilton denied talking to Ferrari about a move to the Italian Formula One team and said on Thursday (May 25) he was close to agreeing a new contract with Mercedes. The seven times world champion, the sport's most successful driver of all time, is out of contract at the end of the season and there has been speculation the 38-year-old could join Ferrari.

* Italian Filippo Zana of Jayco-AlUla won a gruelling stage 18 of the Giro d'Italia on Thursday after fending off Thibaut Pinot, while Geraint Thomas celebrated his 37th birthday in style by tightening his grip on the leader's maglia rosa jersey. The 18th stage was one for the climbers on a 161-kilometre ride from Oderzo to Val di Zoldo, with Zana beating Pinot (Groupama–FDJ) to the finish line for his first Giro victory.

* El Salvador's Public Prosecutor's Office ordered the arrest of five people allegedly responsible for the weekend stampede at the Cuscatlan stadium in the country's capital that left 12 fans dead during the second leg of the quarter-final playoffs between Alianza FC and Club Deportivo.

* A jersey worn by basketball star Michael Jordan while representing the United States during the 1992 Summer Olympics was sold at auction for $3.03 million on Thursday. The auction was run by Goldin, an online collectibles marketplace.

* Jude Bellingham is still a doubt for Borussia Dortmund's Bundesliga title decider against Mainz on Sunday, manager Edin Terzic said, meaning the midfielder could miss what is likely to be his last game for the Ruhr valley club. Bellingham is nursing a knee injury and missed last week's 3-0 win over Augsburg, which put Dortmund one win away from their first league trophy in 11 years.

* Midfielder Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu is poised to write history on Saturday (May 27) at Wembley Stadium as part of Luton Town's fantastical story about defying the odds. If the Hatters achieve Premier League promotion with a victory over Coventry City in the Championship Playoff Final, Mpanzu will become the first player to go from non-league football to the top flight with the same team.

* Paula Badosa will miss the French Open after suffering a stress fracture in her spine at the Italian Open last week, the former world number two said on Thursday. The 25-year-old Badosa, who was ranked second a year ago, has dropped to 29th amid an injury-ridden season. The Spaniard was knocked out in the quarter-finals in Rome.

* Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta said Thursday (May 25) he will make an early exit from Japanese side Vissel Kobe but intends to keep playing aged 39. The Spanish World Cup winner's contract with Vissel runs until the end of the year but a tearful Iniesta said he will leave in July after seeing little action this season.

* Tottenham Hotspur's Eric Dier has undergone groin surgery and will miss their final Premier League game of the season at Leeds United on Sunday, the club said. The 29-year-old has played 42 games in all competitions this season for Tottenham, who are eighth in the league on 57 points, 12 adrift of the top four.